Farewell but not Good-Bye

Sunday, March 31, 2013

I  am writing this to let you my dear readers know that I have moved my blog to WordPress. After much thought and consideration I have decided that Word Press offers me more and Blogger limits me severely.
Thanks to the handy import button on WordPress I was able to import all my blogger type goodies to WordPress.

Until next time...

Baby or Bust 2012 an update

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Last year about this time I wrote a post about a friend and her Prince Charming who were trying to raise funds for a donor egg. Well, fast forward to 2013 and I am happy to report that Melissa and Cory are going to be parents!! That's right they will be the happy parents of a baby boy later this year.
I just wanted to thank all of you for your prayers for them and ask that you keep them in your prayers as the pregnancy progresses.

Brace Yourself

Friday, March 22, 2013

Okay so for the good news. I saw the orthopedic doctor on Monday for the knee I injured last month. The MRI shows no tears and major damage. What I do have is some knee instability so I have to wear a hinged brace for a little while.
I have some tips for everyone about braces,wraps and the like.
The first is to make sure that you pay close attention when being fitted with your wrap, brace or cast. This is so you can know how to put on your brace, wrap etc. If you aren't sure ask. Trust me when I say the doctor/nurse or whoever is taking care of you will not be unhappy if you ask questions.
Second tip is that wraps, braces etc  can chafe and rub so powder sprinkled on wherever the brace, wrap etc is going to be can make you a whole lot more comfortable especially in the summer when it gets hot. I used medicated powder like Gold Bond that also helps prevent itching and helps control sweating.
I'm sure that most people have seen the sleeves for leg or knee braces that fit under them to prevent chaffing . They're a great idea but at $30 for one most people aren't going go running out and buying a dozen of them to have on hand. A cheaper solution is capri tights. I was able to find some for $4 a pair recently.
Third tip is to gently wash your brace, wrap by hand. I know the label claims you can machine wash them but trust me on this. A few minutes of gently hand-washing your brace in mild suds will help to prolong the life of said brace and help prevent fraying of the Velcro pieces. Never machine dry your brace, wrap etc.
I know that noone actually wants to wear a brace but let's make the best of it when we do. A few weeks of wearing a brace will soon be a distant memory.
Until next time...


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Youngest daughter's surgery went fine. She will be recovering at home for a day or two. Thanks

Menu Plan Monday -The Rachael Ray and AllFoods Edition

Monday, March 11, 2013

I admit that this week's menu ideas were cue dramatic music...borrowed! Oh horror of horrors you mean you didn't come up with the recipes on your own? Sadly nope I did not. I have to give credit to two great magazines that I got in Friday's mail, Everyday with Rachael Ray and a small sample issue of All Foods that was sent with the Everyday magazine.
I usually just flip thru my magazines and toss them. For some reason I didn't do that this time but instead decided to actually read them this time. I am so glad that I did. Both magazines had some great recipes for easy dinner menu starters.

I have provided links to recipes that I used for each of the nightly menu if they were available.

Stir-Fry Beef and Veggies (I use the Sweet-Sour Stir-Fry Sauce on the right side. Stir Fry Sauce)
Steamed Jasmine Rice

Corned Beef Melts with Sweet and Sour Onions and Wilted Cabbage
Note: I baked a corned beef brisket in the oven myself when I was unable to find deli sliced corned beef available locally. Also instead of the breads she suggested I used Pepperridge Farm Simply Oatmeal Bread.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork on Slider Buns
Homemade Coleslaw - My coleslaw dressing recipe comes from my 1970 Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook.

Quick Chicken Soup with Pasta 
If we do not go to church. Depends on how everyone is feeling that afternoon.

Broccoli Ham Ring

Meatloaf (I use ground turkey instead of beef in mine. Even though is says the fish sauce is optional do add a few drops if you can find it.)
Spring Blend Veggies

Fish Fillets
French Fries

Breakfasts are cereal, English muffins, waffles and eggs.
Lunches are sandwiches, salads, macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and leftovers

I am so glad these are easy to do recipes and menus. This afternoon our five year old son took a fall and so he and I went to the local children's hospital to get him looked at. Thankfully he is fine and he has to take it easy for a few days.
Youngest dear daughter has outpatient surgery to remove an ear tube this week so she'll be out of school for a day or two. I got her frozen lemonades, ice pops, pudding and Jello to eat after her surgery.
If you remember my last post I mentioned needing to see a specialist for my knee. Well, I did and I have to probably have surgery on it. I will know something definite on the 22nd after my consult with the knee surgeon and my MRI.
If you folks could keep us in your prayers we'd appreciate it tons. Thanks a million !!

Until next time...

Cookie Jar Filler

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Okay so it's been a little while since I posted. Sorry but things happened that were not planned but it's all good now. Well almost, I stepped off the curb wrong Monday and managed to tear the cartilage in my right knee . So after a trip to my doctor who was awesome enough to see me the same day (Tuesday), an Ace wrap, home care instructions, crutches and a referral to the orthopedic clinic I am slowly on the mend.
I did make cookies for the kids' school snack and dear husband liked them as well. If they are a hit with everyone than I figured why keep them just for ourselves. These cookies are super easy, soft and tasty.
Cake Mix Sandwich Cookies
1 box cake mix ( 18.9 oz sized box)
2 eggs
1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
1 can frosting
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl mix all ingredients together on low speed until combined into a dough. On greased cookie sheets drop by teaspoons spacing evenly. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until edges are brown.
Let the cookies cool completely before the next step. You need them cooled or else the frosting will melt.
Now that you have let cookies cool completely, take a cookie, spread about a tablespoon of frosting on the bottom of it and top with a cookie that is bottom side down.
I got about two dozen cookies. You'll need to store these in the fridge due to the frosting but they are so soft the coldness doesn't effect the softness of them.
The best thing is that you aren't just limited to one flavor combination . I used Funfetti Cake mix and Chocolate Frosting since that is what I happened to have on hand. You could do spice cake mix with cream cheese frosting, orange cake mix with vanilla frosting, the possibilities are literally endless.

Until next time...

This is a test, this is only a test

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

This is a test readers to verify that this here blog is actually written by a real living person. Okay I was going to be sarcastic and say that Stan from Disney's Dog With a Blog does my writing but I hear his fees are outrageous. If you've never seen the show , watch it. It's super cute and Stan is hilarious.


Until next time..

Sunrise Mountain

Sunrise Mountain
This is located where my husband grew up in New Jersey

Koenig's 3rd Birthday

Koenig's 3rd Birthday
We went to a local heavy equipment dealer for Koenig's 3rd birthday so he could see the bulldozers there
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